While Freddy Adu scored his first professional goal this weekend, United ended up losing to their I95 rivals, the Metrostars, 3 to 2. The first half saw Novak’s United team on the field dominating possesion but still lacking that lethal scoring touch in front of goal.
“I’m happy for Freddy,” said United midfielder Ben Olsen, who scored in the 26th minute. “I’m sure it will take some of the pressure off, but I’ll take winning with Freddy not scoring any day of the week.”
As a United fan you had to be pleased at how well the team was controlling possesion and stringing passes but worried that clear scoring opportunities did not result in more goals. During the second half, it seemed like Ray Hudson’s United showed up. Two questionble substitions, Cerritor for Moreno and Gros for Kovalenko, took the more effective offensive players out of the game. The team lost possesion easy, couldn’t create, and seemed to be more content defending their lead and letting the Metrostars come at them. Hopefully this is just early season rust that the coaching staff can work out as the weeks go.